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Place Habs fire Therrien, hire Julien

16 February 2017

He guided the team to a Stanley Cup championship in 2011, the Bruins' first title in 39 years. The Bruins have played much better since firing Julien and replacing him with assistant Bruce Cassidy.

Julien said his contract is for five years after the end of this season.

"He's a good manager, a good man and it's important for me to work for good people", he said. But at the same time, we just didn't seem like we could get it together on certain nights. We were starting to score. But we had started to score, we had already been scoring quite a bit.

This isn't the first time that this move has occurred in the organization.

Julien is moving on to the place nearly every Bruins fan didn't want him to go. The Flames eventually came one win short of capturing the Stanley Cup.

"There is a disappointment any time a coach isn't given a chance to finish the season", he said.

On Tuesday, the Montreal Canadiens made the surprising decision to fire coach Michel Therrien and replace him with former Bruins and Habs coach Claude Julien.

The sudden availability of Julien obviously influenced Bergevin's thinking.

It didn't take Claude Julien long to find another job. Some in the public are begrudging the coach's decision to switch back his allegiance to Montreal, but that's ridiculous. That all played a part in their early playoff exits for the Original Six franchise.

Under Therrien, Montreal missed the playoffs a year ago after a hot start, with a serious injury to star goalie Carey Price contributing to the team's collapse.

Julien had been on the market for a week after he was sacked by the Boston Bruins on February 7. But for once, the Bruins aren't to blame.

To say Boston was struggling when Burns came aboard would be an understatement.

If there are two rules among front-office types in the National Hockey League, they're "don't do stupid stuff" and "what goes around comes around". But when the hammer finally came down last week, with Bruins general manager Don Sweeney firing him on February 7, he didn't see it coming. If you believe Sweeney, there's going to be a search for a full-time replacement in the offseason.

It is tough to accept for many Bruins fans, but Julien has become both a scapegoat and a spark for a team that boasts playoff potential and very little recent success to show for it.

Bergevin termed the 54-year-old Julien "a superstar" in the coaching ranks who the Habs were obviously tickled to be able to put behind the bench and replace outgoing coach Michel Therrien after he was kicked to the curb on Tuesday. If only for the pure spectacle and story of an improbable reunion, the return of Julien marks an intriguing turn for this Montreal club in desperate need of a win streak.

In mens' college basketball the Middlebury Panthers wrapped up their regular season in style, beating Plattsburgh State on the road 91-70 behind 30 points from their star forward Matt St. Amour, who also etched his name in the record books.

Place Habs fire Therrien, hire Julien